Anthro-style Zinc Inspired Letters

We’re loving these Anthro-inspired zinc letters! Kristin, a very lovely Charmer, sent over this easy and affordable craft project. We’ve all seen the silver letters at Anthropologie and other darling stores, but it’s so easy to make your own for a fraction of the cost! Kristin bought seven letters for less than the price of one at Anthropologie! You go girl… we love a great deal ; ) Check out the tutorial below and thank you Kristin for sending this adorable project over!


Black acrylic paint, Folk Art pearl paint, cardboard letters and a paint brush.



Paint the letters all black and let them dry. Then dip your brush into the pearl paint and use long strokes to paint over the black. This silver coat will give it the texture and depth it needs to look like a matte metal. Let that coat dry and hang them wherever you want!

Photo Credit: Kristin for Sugar and Charm

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34 responses to Anthro-style Zinc Inspired Letters

  1. March 22, 2011

    such a great idea! something so obvious, but i’ve nver though of. i’m going to have to add it to my list of weekend to-do’s!

  2. March 23, 2011

    Wow this turned out sooo good 😉 I absolutely love it.

  3. March 24, 2011

    yay! thanks for the sweet post, e! 😉 this was such a fun little project and I’m so glad you featured me on S&C!

  4. March 28, 2011

    Love this. And your mug!!! Where does it come from? It’s Beeeyoooteefull!

  5. March 28, 2011

    I’d love to know where you bought the base cardboard 3D letters. Thanks!

  6. March 29, 2011

    Amazing tutorial, I’ve had these letters in my Anthro wish list for a long time now waiting for them to go on sale, but now I don’t have to wait! Thank you!

  7. March 29, 2011

    the mug was purchased at a local grocery market a few years ago…. its called Vintage Garden by Ambiance Collections. The cardboard letters were purchased at Hobby Lobby! 🙂

  8. Ivan Segovia-JImenez
    April 3, 2011

    Do you know if hobby lobby sell them online? I’ve looking all through their website and no luck. The nearest hobby lobby is 4 hours away. 🙁 Thanks.

  9. April 3, 2011

    Hi Ivan, I know that Kristin bought the letters at the Hobby Lobby store. That’s a bummer it’s so far from you. Maybe you could call the store and have them ship some to you? They might do it… you never know! 🙂 Hope that helps!!

  10. April 29, 2011

    buh-rilliant! love this…

  11. May 4, 2011

    Gorgeous tutorial! Love what you’ve done here.

  12. June 15, 2011

    Love this! Where did you find the Print about the “start” bathroom… that would be perfect in the kid’s bathroom!

  13. September 19, 2011

    I’ve seen the poster on several blogs and never seem to be able to find out where I could buy this. Our first born is expected in January and I would love one for the nursery.

  14. October 7, 2011

    ooh la la. i’m stoked to find your tutorial on pinterest. can’t wait to try it. xo.

  15. February 13, 2012

    These are lovely… Truly. similar to the ones I made here in fabric..

  16. May 11, 2012

    love love love! TFS the easy tutorial!
    Helen — Firenze Cards

  17. Anonymous
    May 31, 2012

    I have a large cathedral ceiling in my breakfast room with a palladium window……
    I was looking for something LARGE to go over it. I am making the faux zinc letters (12″) to go over the window…we chose the word “gather”…. Cant wait til it is done 🙂

  18. June 5, 2012

    Great! // You need a ‘Pin It’ button for easy Pinteresting!

  19. June 12, 2012

    Where is the print from? I LOVE that!!! Need it for my house!!!

  20. July 12, 2012

    love this – looks so good!

  21. Anonymous
    July 27, 2012

    I love this! But I want to make mine look like driftwood instead of zink. Any ideas?

  22. August 3, 2012

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know I shared your link as a turtorial I found for the diy zinc letters. You can see the post over here.!

  23. August 15, 2012

    How did you hang yours??

  24. August 23, 2012

    So cute! did you use folk art metallic sterling silver or just folk art pearl?

  25. Anonymous
    October 18, 2012

    Made this tonight. I used the folk art #506 Silver Anniversary just one coat so far. I’ll have to see the letter in daylight. Looks awesome so far!

  26. Anonymous
    November 11, 2012

    If you don’t have a Hobby Lobby near you, they also sell cardboard letters at Joann’s! 🙂

  27. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012

    The letters are fun, but I want the aqua mug in the kitchen shot…source??

  28. July 19, 2014

    That is a good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

  29. Emily
    September 10, 2014

    Where did u buy the cardboard letters?

    1. Eden
      September 11, 2014

      Hi! You can get them here and a few other paces online 🙂

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